Does OHIP cover physiotherapy?

Seniors and eligible patients can access publicly funded clinic-based services in communities across the province, covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP).

What is physiotherapy?

According to the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, physiotherapy is a treatment to restore, maintain, and make the most of your mobility. Generally, you would need physiotherapy after surgery or injury for physical rehabilitation.

If you are unsure if you need physiotherapy or have questions about the eligibility criteria, you can call Health811 to connect with a registered nurse for free, secure and confidential health advice. This service is available 24 hours a day. In a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

When does OHIP cover physiotherapy?

According to the Ministry of Health’s website, you may be eligible for government-funded physiotherapy with a valid OHIP card if you are:

  • 65 years or older
  • 19 years or under
  • any age after an overnight hospital stay (within the last 12 months) for a condition requiring physiotherapy
  • a recipient of the Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

You will need a referral from your healthcare provider to access these services.

Private Coverage

OHIP does not cover all medical costs. If you are working, your health insurance plan from work may cover physiotherapy; check with your employer.

To find a private health insurance company, search online or use the OmbudService for Life & Health Insurance Finder.

Other Options

If you are not eligible for physiotherapy under OHIP or you are not covered by OHIP, you may be able to access physiotherapy care through a student-run clinic in your area. These clinics offer a variety of healthcare services, including physiotherapy.

The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario suggests these alternative options:

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Last updated: November 6, 2023 4006591